Ollardale hold 15th annual general meeting

Chairman George Robson welcomed guests and members to the 15th annual general meeting of Ollardale the farming co-operative held in Holestone YFC Hall.

George thanked his fellow directors and secretaries Heather Patterson and Irene Agnew for their dedication and hard work during the year.

He also thanked the members for their continued support and the local MLAs and councillors for their interest in the society.

James Gage, the society’s accountant, presented the Ollardale accounts for the year ended 2014.

Once again Ollardale has had another successful year’s trading with members benefiting from purchasing discounts, loyalty rewards and substantial bonuses.

The three directors retiring by rotation every year were re-elected. Those re-elected this year were Messrs George Robson, Ian Bell and Denis Boyd.

Heather Patterson gave a presentation of the group’s activities for 2014. Purchases made through the co-op totalled £3.5 million. The main products purchased were animal feed, fertiliser, detergents, dosing stuffs, sprays and fuel.

Heather presented a cheque for £1,000 to Sarah Quinlan of The Children’s Heartbeat Trust.

George introduced the guest speaker Wesley Aston, UFU CEO designate.

Wesley who has been with the UFU for over 20 years and involved in the union’s activity on virtually all of the major issues affecting Northern Ireland farmers answered questions from the members on CAP reform.

Aisling Cowan from Protect Our Coast And Glens gave a presentation on the proposed test well drilling at Woodburn Glen. This is being carried out to find if oil or gas are present in the rock.

William Patterson thanked the speakers for their very informative talks and the evening ended with supper.